Early voting starts at 7 a.m. Monday (Oct. 21) for the Nov. 5 general election, which includes important municipal races in Bellaire, a mammoth METRO bond proposal, and 10 proposed state constitutional amendments.
Among the early polling places located near West University and Bellaire are Houston Community College, 5601 West Loop South (although feeder road construction could make that problematic, especially at peak drive times), Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet St.; Fiesta Mart, 8130 Kirby Drive near NRG Stadium; Harris County Public Health, 2223 West Loop South; and for downtown workers, the County Attorney Conference Center, 1019 Congress St.
Early voting hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 21-26 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1; and 1-6 p.m. Oct. 27.
For Election Day on Nov. 5, Harris County has joined a growing trend — enabled by technology — to allow voters to cast their ballots at any location, not restricted to an assigned precinct.
The new system is actually pretty simple, especially when explored through the county’s HarrisVotes.com website, which is newly user-friendly, offering much more detailed and helpful information than before simply by entering a ZIP code. You can also still download and print a sample ballot, customized to an address.
•A video of the Oct. 15 Bellaire forum which featured all 10 candidates for mayor and council answering questions about issues, which can be viewed here.
•The METRONext website describing the transit agency’s plans that it’s asking voters to support with $3.5 billion in bonds.